Massacre of 19 took 'less than minute'
A member of a crack Serbian police unit testified yesterday against one of his former comrades accused of massacring three ethnic Albanian families during the 1999 Kosovo conflict. Goran Stoparic, the former member of the notorious Scorpions unit, told a court: “It took less than a minute, as an automatic rifle shoots 150 bullets per minute. Yes, they were all dead in less than a minute.” Nineteen ethnic Albanians were shot by his comrades in March, 1999 in the small town of Podujevo, in Kosovo. Eight of them were children, the youngest less than two. Mr Stoparic took the stand in a court in Belgrade against Sasa Cvjetan, 29, who denies the war crime committed four days after the start of Nato air raids aimed at ending the Serb government crackdown against the province’s independence-seeking ethnic Albanians. He is the only one out of a group of four who is in custody. Full Story